I've enjoyed this thread quite a bit this summer. Glad to finally get around to contributing. Now, let me bore y'all a bit with my sk8 history.
Guess I was about nine or so when I pulled a skinny deck with clay wheels and stamped metal trucks out of the neighbor's trash. My three friends and I practiced for days and days before we could all pretty much ride it down twenty feet of driveway without hitting a tiny stone or otherwise fall off. A few years later when urethane wheels hit the discount stores I saved my allowances for a couple of months and bought a blue plastic board with a pebbled texture on top from the local Kresge. They had a better one but I couldn't afford it. After a couple of weeks of hard use (bottom of the kicktale pretty much ground off) I had saved the difference in price and returned
the old one and bought the better one
I rode that for quite a while. Mostly we set up slalom courses in the church parking lot and timed each other. Problem was that when we got to making tight turns at speed the deck would interfere with the wheels. That and there was entirely too much flex. I solved both problems by cutting a piece of 1" hardwood so that it would fit under both trucks, spanning the length of the deck
After a winter of reading the skate mags.... can't remember which ones, definitely pre-Thrasher. I ordered my dream board. Emotions wheels, Gull Wings trucks (the ones with the split axels) and a generic deck (couldn't afford the Alva that I wanted). I loved that board so much!..... for a couple of months before it was stolen from my garage.
I didn't get another board 'til I was out of college. A friend got me a Brad Bowman for cheap. Don't remember what wheels and trucks, although from then on I was an Independant guy. Lots of boards and wheels in the next few years. All Indy, one set of Powell Cubics(?), mostly Kryps on the rest.
Hang with me here......
My first car was a '76 Accord. I named it Lucky... for several reasons.
- It was given to me when I really didn't deserve it.
- I must've gotten pulled over close to a dozen times in it. All warnings
- When some idjit made a sudden left turn from the right lane just as I was passing him, my insurance company declared it totalled. They cut me a check with which I bought the car back, fixed it with junk yard parts and built a half pipe in my back yard.
Yeah, it was from the plans right out of Thrasher mag. I skated that ramp for the last three summers before I joined the work force and moved to another town.
My skating was much like my bump skiing. I had great fun with it but never had any real killer tricks. Little backside airs, frontside ollie 180s, sweepers and fast plants. I really got off on micro edge carves. I could do them wall after wall after wall. My street repetoir was even more limited. Probably my best trick was one of neccessity. When skating fast and coming to broken pavement, I would flip my board up into my hands, sprint across the pot holes then jump back onto my board without breaking stride. I adapted that to flipping the board into my hand, boosting off of a bench or a half wall or whatever then landing back on the board.
That is the trick pictured above. Maybe it looks like I'm doing something trickier, but not really. Oh, and my last words before that pic was taken: "I just hope I can do this without breaking my neck"